It's been another fun night at the local cruise spot downtown and you're just pulling into your driveway with your vintage Mustang. All you have to do is open the garage door and slip the Mustang into its spot so you and the Mrs. can curl up on the couch to catch that favorite show you recorded earlier in the week. So tell us, does opening the garage door usually entail you or your significant other hopping out of the car to open the garage door via the wall-mounted keypad? Or perhaps you actually have to enter the house and push the door opener button inside? We've had to do this many times in the past and it was getting old. Not to mention the looks you get when asking the wife to open the garage door in the rain!
Sure, the easy answer is to have a garage door opener in your Mustang. But let's face it, most of us only have one or two openers and they're on the sun visors in our daily drivers. Having an opener in your Mustang would certainly make life easier, right? Enter Brand Motion and their new Infinity rear view mirror with HomeLink and auto dimming feature (and optional built-in compass heading display). The Infinity mirror will work with all standard D-tab wedge mounting bases ('68 and up) and '65-'67 owners can purchase a wedge base through their local auto parts chain to glue to the windshield, though you'll have to cut down or remove the stock mirror mount that screws to the roof panel and also secures the sun visors.
The Infinity mirror's automatic dimming will quickly reduce the glare from a vehicle's bright headlights following you, just like the mirrors found in most new cars. The optional compass display appears to "float" on the glass surface for a truly high-tech look, while the edge-to-edge mirror glass provides greater visibility and allows for easier/faster cleaning of the mirror glass.
The built-in HomeLink version 5 utilizes three discreet programmable buttons on the bottom left of the mirror (OE Ford HomeLink buttons are usually found in the driver's sun visor) and allow operation of your garage door opener or any electrical item (porch light, security system, etc.) that has a remote control or with the use of a HomeLink lamp module for lighting. The installation of the Infinity mirror requires some basic wire connections and the installation of the mirror itself, something that anyone handy with a screwdriver can accomplish.
The Infinity mirror's automatic dimming will quickly reduce the glare from a vehicle's bright headlights following you, just like the mirrors found in most new cars.
1 The Infinity mirror’s HomeLink control buttons sit nearly flush on the bottom edge of the driver’s side of the mirror. There are three buttons to control driveway gates, garage door openers, alarm systems, or interior/exterior lighting. The recess seen at the rear of the mirror housing is where the forward facing light sensor is mounted.
2 Wiring is very simple for the Infinity mirror with just three wires to connect (one of which is optional). The wiring includes power (red), ground (black), and backup lamps (green). The green wire prevents the mirror from auto-dimming when you are in reverse and is optional, although connecting it is easy. The white and blue wires are reserved for auto-dimming side view mirrors and are not used.
3 The Infinity mirror mount is designed for the standard D-tab wedge base that was used on Ford windshields starting in ’68. If you wish to install the Infinity mirror on your ’65-’67 Mustang, you will need to add a D-tab wedge base to your windshield and cut the OE mirror mount arm off the visor bracket. The stock mirror on this ’68 hardtop is removed by loosening the Phillips head screw in the mirror base.
4 The Infinity mirror body, while a bit thicker than the stock Mustang mirror, easily slips over the ’68’s mirror D-tab wedge base on the windshield. Honestly, the mirror thickness is not evident once in the driver’s seat and looking into the mirror.
5 The Infinity mirror’s mounting bracket uses a Torx T-20 fastener to secure it to the windshield’s D-tab wedge base. The T-20 fastener only needs to be snug; do not muscle down on the fastener as you can crack the windshield.
6 There is a short pigtail wired directly to the mirror which connects to the included wiring harness. The connector is your standard multi-pin locking connector. Simply slide the two halves together until they lock into place.
7 Use the windshield gasket’s lip as a wiring channel to route the harness to the driver’s side A-pillar. If your Mustang has pillar pads, you can easily conceal the small harness behind it or just continue using the windshield gasket to route the wiring down to the dash pad.
8 Once the wiring has reached the base of the dash pad, you’ll need to determine where you want to route the wiring for connecting it to the car’s wiring. In the case of the ’68 we’re using, we decided to remove the door sill plate and kick panel to use wiring found behind the kick panel and left side of the dash.
9 For power, you will want to use a switched circuit (otherwise someone could easily open your garage door with access to the HomeLink buttons). The nearest key-switched wire to the mirror’s harness was the red/white stripe wire at the blower motor switch in the dash. The wire, as shown here, was simply stripped and inserted into the connector for the blower motor in an effort to minimize cutting factory wiring.
10 For the optional backup light signal, we simply tapped into the black/red stripe wire in the kick panel area that provides power to the backup lights. Normally we’d use a “T-tap” connector or an insulation-displacement connector (like a 3M Scotchlok), but we ran out so unfortunately had to cut the backup light wire to add the green mirror wire to the circuit.
11 The easiest of the wiring connections is, of course, the ground wire. The black ground wire gets a ring terminal crimped to it and connected to an existing ground in the kick panel area, currently used for the car’s aftermarket power window wiring.
12 Programming the HomeLink is easy. Just grab your current remote control for your opener/gate/etc. and hold it up to the mirror (with the ignition key on), then press the HomeLink button and the button on your remote at the same time. HomeLink supports rolling code as well as older openers.
13 If you ordered the Infinity mirror with compass option, as we did, the compass display is turned off or on and programmed via a small button on the front of the mirror. The included instructions show a map of the U.S. and what compass zone your location is in. Alternatively. you can set the compass to the “calibrate” mode and manually calibrate the compass for your exact location.